Lucknow: The rival Samajwadi Party (SP) has given a political jolt as a gift to Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on the very next day of her 65th birthday, as BSP’s Meerut Mayor Sunita Verma, her husband and former BSP MLA from Hastinapur and ex-BSP minister Yogesh Verma switched camps with SP. The list also includes former BSP MLA from Bareilly constituency Vijay Pal Singh, former BSP MLA from Thakuardwara (Moradabad) Vijay Yadav, former BSP MP from Lakhimpur Dawood Ahmed and former UP minister Awadhesh Verma, who ended their ties with BSP and joined the SP.
All the politician joined SP at a membership event held in the presence of party chief Akhilesh Yadav at the party headquarters.
Former BJP MLA from a Mirzapur constituency, Ram Bharti, and Gorakhpur’s RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh) pracharak, Vineet Shukla too joined the SP. Meanwhile, with Sunita Verma, nearly a dozen corporators of Meerut municipal corporation among the 400 supporters of Sunita and Yogesh Verma joined the SP.
Addressing the event party chief Akhilesh Yadav said, “Regularly and continuously, a large number of leaders and supporters from different parties are joining SP. Today’s joining is historical as all these leaders have mass support and a long political career.”
As several of these leaders were Dalit leaders, Akhilesh said, “Samajwadi Party will move forward imbibing and following the philosophies of both BR Ambedkar and Dr Ram Manohar Lohia.”
Akhilesh further said that by joining SP, these leaders have further boosted his party’s morale.